Now that East Coast head racing is pretty much over and we are in the transition time between fall and winter, a bunch of Dartmouth alumni are doing a 10,000 Russian kettlebell swing challenge during the month of November. The basic program is to break it down into 20 workouts of 500 swings each at … More The 10,000 Kettlebell Swing Challenge
It’s a blustery fall day with one week to go before the Head of the Charles! I’d like to offer a perspective on some workouts that help prepare rowers for a typical fall “head race,” which is usually 5K on-water. This also applies to CrossFitters who are prepping for 5K or 6K time trials on … More Rowing 5K or Head Race Preparation – 600 Power Strokes
Wait…it’s supposed to be the other way around in this blog, right? I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been spending a lot of time on the water and not much time doing traditional CrossFit. In the process of breaking down and rebuilding my rowing stroke, I have also spent more time than in past … More How Rowing Helped My CrossFit
If you follow my Twitter feed you’ve probably been seeing a lot of tweets about the Alumni Sprints. This was a first-of-its-kind rowing regatta organized by a Dartmouth classmate of mine, Syd Williams, with the help of a bunch of other alums who row for Ever Green Boat Club, the Dartmouth Alumni rowing organization. The … More How CrossFit Helped Me Win at Alumni Sprints
This time of year, it is a pleasure to be off the erg and back on the water. Even bad weather doesn’t seem too bad compared to being indoors. The good news is that there’s a lot of emphasis on developing specific power through loaded rowing, either through the use of a bungee wrapped around … More Don’t Forget Your Squats !
I had a fellow CrossFitter tell me today that they had been coached as part of a CrossFit cert to keep their heels anchored when rowing since “rowing is like a deadlift.” I smirked a little as this impressed me as an example of the old adage “to a carpenter, everything looks like a nail.” … More Is Rowing Like a Deadlift?
I recently strained my foot going a little too aggressive on sprinting, so in approaching this week’s CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.2, I opted for step-ups vs. traditional box jumps (step-ups are, quixotically, still Rx for this WOD). As a rower, I am used to full squat jumps or plyometric jumps up onto a high … More Step Ups vs. Box Jumps for Rowers